A period of yearning to break the boredom or skipping the hassle of preparing our dinners is about to end. Soon, we will be able to visit our favourite cafes around the block for a take-out or to share a meal with our friends at a restaurant where we hold the title as regulars. The authorities have published government decree to guide businesses, particularly restaurants and cafes, on how to start welcoming customers while trying to protect the diners and their own staff from being infected by the COVID-19. This guidance includes requirements for intensive cleaning and sanitation, distancing between diners and waitress, proper ventilation and the use of disposable cutlery. However, would these measures be successful to keep the spread of COVID-19 at bay? In other words, would it be safe to eat out again?
In this downtime, lounging at one’s sofa for hours simply to think about what the future holds, might no longer be a luxury. The COVID-19 global pandemic and all the measures entailed gave us an unprecedented moment in which we are charged to retreat from the mundane and explore the metaphysical realm, in hopes that we find clarity in our life purpose and our social role to this world.
Re-inventing ourselves also comes down to what kind of eating habit we have. While farmers and the food industry are taking the responsibility to ensure our needs for food is well-supplied, there is also a need for a reciprocal action of accountability from our end, that is to put attention on our dietary intake and prevent our bodies from being saturated with toxical substances, particularly at the moment when it is complicated to connect with the outdoor and stay healthy but it is easy to feel encaptivated and depressed. Reiterating the advice from WHO, below is dietary advice that is not only useful during the lockdown but also beyond
Financial Time article might give you goosebumps, if not a shiver, for its well-portrayed yet rather terrifying description of the future urban narrative post-COVID-19 global pandemic. It appears that humanity will be having a transportal trip to a fictional world we are so fond of reading in science-fiction novels. It as if our silly wishes to be part of the imaginative scenes had been granted! Yet, had we known that living in a such new normal would be quite difficult to adapt in, given the odds and the confining restrictions, would we be more cautious in asking what we want?